Did You Know? The world’s largest pyramid is not in Egypt? Shocked! Read to know More!

world’s largest pyramid

The “Great Pyramid” is found in Egypt, so it makes sense to believe it is the highest pyramid in the world. However, there’s just a tiny problem- the fact that it is not. The world’s largest pyramid is, in fact, a hill hidden in Mexico!

It is known as the Great Pyramid of Cholula and is the oldest pyramid in the world. It is the largest pyramid in North America as well as the world and beats the biggest pyramid in Guatemala.

Why is it quite unknown?

The Tlachihualtepetl is quite unknown, thanks to our admiration for the Giza of Egypt. Apart from that, this pyramid is often overlooked as it is hidden beneath a hill in the nearby town of Pueblo.

About the world’s largest pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Cholula, called Tlachihualtepetl, stands 55 meters (180 ft) above the surrounding plain. It measures 400 by 400 meters (1,300 by 1,300 ft). It would be shocking to know that its base is four times larger than that of Giza (The Egyptian Great Pyramid that we think is the largest), and it has almost twice the volume.

This is the world’s largest monument ever built. Hernán Cortés, the famous Spanish explorer, missed it completely and constructed a church above it. The church still stands today and is known as La Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Los Remedios (Our Lady of Remedies Church).

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Why was it built?

The Great Pyramid of Cholula was built by the Aztecs to honour Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent and the Aztec god of wind and learning, creator of all mankind. The Aztecs even built a holy city around it, expecting the god’s divine protection.

How was it built?

The Great Pyramid of Cholula is actually built on a flat plateau, taking advantage of topography with the surrounding area consisting of hills and mountains. It is built with six layers built on top of each other, like a Russian doll. The subsequent civilizations built on top of what was already laid down. Therefore, the Aztecs were not the original builders.

Surprisingly, the construction of the Tlachihualtepetl started more than a thousand years before the Aztecs emerged, presumably around 300 B.C.

Materials used

The world’s largest pyramid is actually built from unique bricks called adobe bricks that were smoothed out to create decorations. It falters in the monsoon but can last a thousand years in the summer, as with the case of this pyramid. Rich organic material was acquired from the tropical jungle.

Construction took place from the 3rd century B.C. through the 7th century A.D. and was abandoned in between due to unclear reasons. Records suggest that the city